Office 2013 has its head in the Cloud

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th 2013 at 1:05 a.m.

So my company had a deal recently where you could get Office 2013 from the Home Use Program that Microsoft puts on.  You get Access, Excel, InfoPath, Lync, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word all for the nice low price of $9.95.  Yes, I realize that all I need is Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word, but I couldn’t say no to that price.  Here’s how my journey to the world of Office 2013 unfolded.

My old gaming desktop kicked the bucket so all I have left is my less than 1 year old MSI GT70 (great gaming laptop by the way, HIGHLY recommended).  So since it is a gaming laptop, I don’t want to clutter my SSD with non-gaming related software.  I wanted to install Office 2013, but I would kick off the install, hit Next, and the install would start going.  I was like wtf?  For anyone that owned Office in the past, it takes up a good deal of space and I wanted to install it on my additional drive and not my C:\ drive.

Well, I uninstalled it, tried again thinking I missed something, and sure enough it installed again with no options.  I was beyond confused so I called Microsoft tech support.  After being passed from the Home Use Program support, to a tech support area, to my final destination at the Office tech support area, I finally had my answer.

Office 2013 is in the Cloud using Microsoft’s Click-To-Run technology so it takes up minimal storage space.  Well if Office 2013 is in the Cloud, then what happens when I have no Internet connection?  The answer:  They are still available in offline mode.

Now after doing a little research, it appears Microsoft is seizing the opportunity to turn Office into a SaaS (Software as a Service) framework that it can charge yearly subscriptions for.  “Microsoft says its goal is to get consumers to “subscribe” to versions of the software such as Office 365 Home Premium which is a $100-per-year package that lets a family run Office 2013 on up to five computing devices, including Macs.  The bundle also includes 20 gigabytes of extra storage space on SkyDrive and 60 minutes of free calls on Skype, which Microsoft acquired in 2011”. [ Source  ]

So I figured this was an interesting turn that I never thought I would have taken when I installed Office 2013 but I was surprised nonetheless.  All I can say is I am glad I paid $9.95 for the install and not $100 for a per-year subscription…

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